First off, for those of you who celebrate it, happy Easter! Second, this is not an April Fool’s joke. You read that title right, beets for breakfast. Now before you gag and think I must have lived in California too long, hear me out! I tend to prefer a savory breakfast over a sweet one and am always looking for creative and tasty ways to eat more vegetables. We all know yogurt is a staple of the breakfast table, but most people top it with all sorts of sweet things and forget that plain yogurt is used around the world in savory dishes. I find beets to be the perfect pairing with yogurt, because while they do have natural sweetness, I think they taste best when they have something creamy and acidic to balance them out.
I came across a carrot cake whoopie pie recipe on Pinterest years ago. While the idea was brilliant and mouthwatering, the end result was a fail, as Pinterest recipes often go. But unwilling to let go of a good idea, I reworked that recipe until I was happy with it and now am kinda known for them. I make them at Easter every year and bring them to parties and potlucks. People love and curse me at the same time because they are one of those things you want to eat until you are sick. And using the Ankarsrum to make them means baking is a breeze, especially when I also use the shredder attachment for the carrots.
I get my love of cookies from my sweet mother but my love of ice cream sandwiches comes straight from my dad. My dad is pretty basic when it comes to his love of ice cream. Simple vanilla with a few salted peanuts or cashews and maybe a drizzle of caramel sauce. No chocolate for him! I remember when I was younger, a special outing for us was a trip to the local ice cream shop for a blended ice cream treat. Overwhelmed by all of the flavor choices my first visit, I took my dad’s advice and went with the toffee candy bar. I was hooked and it has been my ice cream flavor weakness ever since!